Coaching is a powerful approach to unlocking a person’s natural abilities. 

It’s a transformative set of tools and skills that ignites self-awareness and action, inspiring educators and students to maximise their personal, professional and educational potential.

Based on a holistic approach, it forms a coaching partnership to support the coachee to look within for clarity and motivation, in order to live a fulfilled life.

Founded on the premise of “ask, don’t tell”, coaching empowers individuals to access their own wisdom through the process of exploration and reflection, rather than being given answers.

Coaching is not limited to a specific person or situation and can be adapted to variety of settings—from at school with students and colleagues to at home with family and friends. Whether you are a part of the leadership team or an assistant teacher, these skills have the capacity to transform your practice and the lives of those you support.


Graydin's Start with Heart Model

What have you got if you don’t have heart?

At the core of all our services is the Graydin-created Start With Heart model. 

This coaching model is unique because it starts with the ‘heart’—the coachees’ passions, dreams, motivations—something other coaching approaches miss out. This helps reveal who the coachee is, so that you can effectively coach the person, not the problem.

Whilst our model is inspired by pre-existing business and life coaching models, we developed this model specifically for educational settings, to support the distinct needs of educators, students and parents. 

The effectiveness and simplicity of the model means it can be applied formally or informally: whether used in the classroom, a performance management meeting, an academic tutoring session, a pastoral care intervention or a lesson observation—coaching improves communication and understanding, manages conflict and increases fulfilment.

Graydin’s Start With Heart model is at the core of our three Coaching Courses



What’s the difference between coaching and mentoring?

The essence of a coach’s role is to be curious, create a space for the coachee to learn about himself or herself, and ask thought-provoking, reflective questions.

The essence of a mentor’s role is to guide and advise on a specific topic for the mentee.

A coach is useful because they are skilled in the art of coaching, so can help with almost any topic through coaching, whereas a mentor is helpful only on specific topics.